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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2015

New Reference From U-W Extension is a Library Must-Have

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-reference-from-u-w-extension-a-library-must-have/

The University of Wisconsin-Extension recently released Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders, a good addition to your digital library, especially if you have in interest in Wisconsin and midwestern broadband issues. The document provides case studies and an in-depth list of references addressing: Public-private partnerships Local ordinances Technology councils Community engagement Local government telecommunications… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2015

WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/epr-webinar/

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2015

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/if-you-cant-beat-em-own-em-utilities-muscle-in-to-rooftop-solar-market/

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2015

To Lease or To Own: Simplified Solar Calculator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/simplified-solar-calculator/

Now simplified, the new solar lease calculator is here. Just enter in your zip code, electric utility, and solar array size. Then set the terms of your loan or lease to see how solar ownership stacks up against third-party options. Purchase (cash): Customer owns the PV system from day one, pays upfront with cash Purchase (loan): Customer… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2015

Gig City Sandy: Home of the $60 Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/gig-city-sandy-home-of-the-60-gig-2/

    Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy’s municipally-owned full fiber network offers gigabit Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. Sandy is one of the few municipal FTTH networks that has been built without having a municipal electric department. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released this… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | 15 Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2015

For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/dark-store-tax-tactic-makes-big-box-stores-terrible-deal-for-cities/

Under what has become known as the “dark store” method, big-box retailers are declaring their busy stores to be functionally obsolescent and therefore nearly worthless for tax purposes —and they’re winning big judgments for back taxes. It’s the latest example of the way that, even as local governments continue to bend over backwards to attract big-box development, these stores are consistently a terrible deal. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2015

LD 1185 Advances in Maine With Overwhelming Support

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ld-1185-advances-in-maine-with-overwhelming-support/

On June 5th, the Main House of Representatives voted 143 – 0 in favor of LD 1185, the Maine bill to provide state planning and implementation grants for local municipal networks. Representative Norm Higgins, the sponsor of the bill, contacted us to let us know about the incredible support for the bill. LD 1185 proposes… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2015

ALEC in Savannah: Local News Video Exposes the Corrupt Process of Lawmaking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/alec-in-savannah-local-news-video-exposes-the-corrupt-process-of-lawmaking/

We have reported on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past and stories about ALEC sponsored legislative retreats pop up in the news on a regulary basis. Most recently, NBC Channel 11 from Atlanta reported on the shadowy world of big corporate influence in Georgia. None of this will be new to anyone… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/north-carolina-files-petition-opposing-fcc-ruling-to-end-anti-muni-laws/

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our… Continue reading